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Willamette University

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Joint Degree Programs

The combined degree programs developed by Willamette University allow students interested in management, engineering, and forestry to accelerate their training and earn degrees from Willamette University and other universities participating in the combined degree programs.

Management

The Willamette University College of Liberal Arts (CLA) and Atkinson Graduate School of Management (AGSM) offer a combined degree program (B.A./M.B.A.) which allows eligible Willamette University CLA students to complete the Bachelor of Arts degree and Master of Business Administration degree in five years. The B.A./M.B.A. program gives students the opportunity to pursue their interest in business, government and not-for-profit management while obtaining a liberal arts education, and provides a fast track for completion of the master's degree.

The Master of Business Administration degree of the B.A./M.B.A. program is one of only two M.B.A. degrees in the United States accredited for business and public management by the two most prestigious organizations evaluating management education: AACSB International - The Associate of Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and NASPAA - the National Association for Schools in Public Affairs and Admission.

Students preparing for the B.A./M.B.A. program are enrolled in the CLA during their first three years of study at Willamette University, completing at least 23 credits and most courses required for their major. CLA students who transferred to Willamette University are required to complete at least 15 credits of undergraduate work at Willamette as well as most courses required for their major. The specific courses and number of CLA credits a student must complete during the first three years are determined by the student's CLA major department.

During the fourth year of study, B.A./M.B.A. students complete their senior experience courses at the CLA and at least eight (8) of the ten (10) courses of the first year M.B.A. curriculum. The first year M.B.A. curriculum is comprised of eight M.B.A. required courses and two M.B.A. elective courses. At the end of the fourth year of study, B.A./M.B.A. students who have met all CLA graduation requirements are awarded the Bachelor of Arts degree.

During the fifth year of the program, B.A./M.B.A. students complete the second year curriculum of the M.B.A. program. The second year curriculum is comprised of seven M.B.A. elective courses and three M.B.A. required courses. At the end of the fifth year, B.A./M.B.A. students who have met all graduation requirements for the M.B.A. program are awarded the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree.

Application for admission to the Atkinson Graduate School M.B.A. segment of the B.A./M.B.A. should be completed by May 1 of the junior year. Students from all CLA major programs may apply for admission to the B.A./M.B.A. program. The application process includes submission of the Atkinson Graduate School application for admission, official transcripts of all college coursework, official GMAT or GRE scores, two letters of reference, the written consent of the student's CLA major department or program concerned, a personal statement of experience and goals, and an interview.

Law

Willamette University, through its College of Liberal Arts and College of Law, offers an accelerated B.A./J.D. program for academically qualified students. The B.A./J.D. program offers students the opportunity to earn a J.D. degree in Law and a liberal arts education with a B.A. degree in six years.

Located across the street from the College of Liberal Arts and the Oregon Capitol, the College of Law is situated in the epicenter of state law, government and business. Like the College of Liberal Arts, the Law School emphasizes small enrollment, excellence in teaching and a high level of faculty-student interaction.

Students may be admitted to the B.A./J.D. program anytime during their first two years of undergraduate enrollment. Because the program required very careful scheduling, early enrollment is often helpful. Admission to the program does not guarantee admission to the College of Law.

Requirements for admission to the B.A./J.D. program are:

  • Minimum combined SAT score of 1950 or a composite ACT score of 29.
  • Minimum high school GPA of 3.5.
  • A submitted essay describing the student's reason for applying to the program and the capacities that will enable the student's success in an accelerated program.
  • An in-person interview with the B.A./J.D. Admission Committee demonstrating the qualities of maturity, focus and discipline required of program participants.
  • Participation in a B.A./J.D. orientation session.

Students in the program apply for admission to the College of Law during the junior year of their undergraduate work. Students who are admitted to the College of Law receive a bachelor's degree after successfully completing their first year of study at the College of Law.

By the end of their junior undergraduate year, B.A./J.D. students must:

  • Complete all requirements for a major in the College of Liberal Arts.
  • Complete all requirements of the general education program of the College of Liberal Arts.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher.
  • Complete a total of 24 or more credits of undergraduate coursework.
  • Achieve a Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score in the junior year that is no lower than the median LSAT score for the prior year's entering class of the College of Law.
  • Complete all required College of Law application materials and comply with all other College of Law admission requirements.
Students selected to the B.A./J.D. program may replace the first-year elective with the B.A. program's senior capstone course, in which case the student can graduate without taking the first-year elective. A student in the B.A./J.D. program is required to take 87 hours of credits to graduate, rather than the usual 90, 72 of which must be graded hours.

Education

The Willamette University School of Education offers a B.A./M.A.T. track which allows CLA students to enroll in undergraduate Education courses that meet the competency requirements of some of the Master of Arts coursework.

The School of Education is a candidate for national accreditation through the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and is accredited by the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission.

The B.A./M.A.T. track provides students the opportunity to pursue their interest in the career of education while developing strong content knowledge background as they complete their liberal arts degrees. Full-time M.A.T. students who complete the track are provided greater scheduling flexibility to pursue other endorsement areas such as ESOL, Reading, or Special Education, or to complete the full-time M.A.T. requirements for the 10.5 month program with a lighter course load.

Students enrolled in the B.A./M.A.T. track are enrolled in the CLA during their first two years of study at Willamette University, completing about half the courses required for their major. Those students interested in the B.A./M.A.T. track are provided by the Admission Office of the School of Education a list of recommended courses that best support an early childhood, elementary, middle level, or secondary teaching degree.

Usually during their second or third year of study, B.A./M.A.T. track students enroll in at least one of the two undergraduate education courses connected to the M.A.T. curriculum: EDUC 335 and EDUC 350. At the end of the fourth year of study, B.A./M.A.T. students who have met all CLA graduation requirements are awarded the Bachelor of Arts degree and are conditionally admitted to the School of Education with competency requirements earned toward two of the core M.A.T. courses.

Upon graduation, B.A./M.A.T. track students may, if School of Education admission requirements are met, enroll in ESOL or Reading endorsement coursework. Prior to graduation, contact with the B.A./M.A.T. track students is maintained as they are advised into teaching authorization levels and state teacher preparation requirements such as required exams and background checks.

Application for conditional admission to the School of Education segment associated with the B.A./M.A.T. should be completed by May 1 of the junior year. Students from all CLA major programs may apply for admission to the B.A./M.A.T. track.

The application process for the School of Education M.A.T. includes submission of the School of Education application for admission official transcripts of all college coursework, official statew and national exam scores, two letters of recommendation and a personal statement of experience and goals. Interviews are scheduled when application materials are screened.

Engineering

To offer the advantages of a combined liberal arts and engineering program, Willamette University has arrangements with Columbia University, New York; the University of Southern California, California; and Washington University, Missouri, whereby a student may receive both a Bachelor of Arts from Willamette and a Bachelor of Science from the participating engineering school.

After three years in residence at Willamette University, the student may qualify for transfer to Columbia University, University of Southern California, or Washington University. To qualify for the program students must, at a minimum, complete the following courses: mathematics through differential equations, two semester sequence of introductory chemistry, two semester sequence of introductory physics, and computer programming. Other courses for a particular engineering field or school may be required or recommended. The student must complete the general education requirements: six Modes of Inquiry courses, two quantitative courses, foreign language, and four writing-centered courses. The student must also make progress towards completing a major. At any of our affiliated engineering schools, the student spends two years in any one of the several curricula in engineering. At the end of five years, he or she will receive the Bachelor of Science in engineering from Columbia, USC, or Washington and the Bachelor of Arts degree from Willamette University. Information concerning the engineering program may be obtained by consulting Dr. Roberta Bigelow of the Physics Department.

Forestry

Willamette University has an agreement with Duke University School of Forestry in Durham, North Carolina, which enables students who plan to follow a career in forestry to enroll at Willamette University for three years and to attend Duke University for two years. At the end of the five-year period, two degrees are awarded - the Bachelor of Arts from Willamette and the Master of Science in Forestry or Master of Environmental Management from Duke.

The undergraduate prerequisites specific for admission to Duke University are at least one course each in biological science, calculus, statistics and microeconomics; students are also expected to have a working knowledge of microcomputers for word processing and data analysis. Students interested in this program should contact Professor David Craig of the Biology Department.